If you look at the patent landscape from a statistical perspective, what can you find out? You are no longer looking for specific information – you are looking for trends. How are your competitors’ patent portfolios changing over time? Are strong patent portfolios aging while new actors are entering? Have important inventors been recruited by a competitor? Which technologies are your competitors focusing on? The patent landscape can provide you with business intelligence information that is relevant for more than your own patent strategy. It can simply give you important pointers as to what your competitors are planning for the future.
Landscape search: A landscape search can be a search for patents in a particular technical field, from specific companies or inventors, or based on any other search strategy you can think of. The results can be mapped graphically or presented in tables, classified according to technology, patent owner, year of filing, geography, etc. The result will be a map of technology trends and IP strategies that can help you plan your own strategy, and give significant insights into where the technology is moving.
Landscape analysis: A landscape analysis takes the landscape search one step further. We will process the results for you, identify trends, classify results, identify competitors, and describe probable competitor strategies. We may also take a closer look at some of the individual patents in order to identify whether there are freedom to operate issues that should be addressed.
Zacco offers tailor made searches adapted to your specific needs. We have our own search experts, we have access to a wide range of databases of patent publications as well as technical and academic publications, and we also have a number of preferred external search providers that we use. Our ambition is to provide you with the best search results for your needs, and we do this by using the resources that best match your requirements.